SA student Oscar finalist wins at international film festivals


Kanyekanye is a fourth year AFDA (the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) graduation film has recently won three awards internationally in China, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

Kanyekanye made it as a finalist at the 40th Student Academy Awards in 2013, in the Best Foreign Film Category.

The film is a romantic comedy that deals with a forbidden love affair between two young township teenagers. Since the Oscar nomination, the short film by Miklas Manneke has gone on to win more than 13 awards internationally and has been selected to screen at more than 40 film festivals worldwide.

Kanyekanye is a reflective short film by a student director and team whose attention to detail has made it a work of art which will resonate worldwide,’ says Gina Bonmariage, postgraduate course director at AFDA Johannesburg.

Kanyekanye was recently selected as one of the best short films in the world by The French Film Academy at the Les Cesars Golden Nights Panorama; it won the SAFTA (South African Film and Television Award) for Best Student Film and also won The Audience Choice Award at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Watch the trailer.

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Chanelle Ellaya is the editor of Screen Africa. She completed her BA Journalism degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2011. While writing is her passion, she has a keen interest in the media in various capacities. Chanelle is an avid social media networker and a firm believer in the power of social and online networking. Between writing and tweeting, she finds time to feed her love for live music.


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